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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Dec-03-2017, 07:47:11 PM   #41
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The optima battery did not come with the proper mounting and the price for such a heavy battery doesn’t make sense for me (agm drycell aside). I’d rather just have a lighter, cheaper Mini Cooper / CSL battery.

Not sure what you mean by BW tray?
NM, I didn't look close enough at that tray. The BimmerWorld tray is a pretty elegant solution, I have one with a RedTop since the battery my car came with wasn't the right size and it was bouncing around back there. I assume the "audiophile" previous owner of your car must have gone with the YellowTop to support mad tight stereo modz... No need for a battery that big. How big and how much does the Mini Cooper battery weigh? How do you have it tied down?
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NM, I didn't look close enough at that tray. The BimmerWorld tray is a pretty elegant solution, I have one with a RedTop since the battery my car came with wasn't the right size and it was bouncing around back there. I assume the "audiophile" previous owner of your car must have gone with the YellowTop to support mad tight stereo modz... No need for a battery that big. How big and how much does the Mini Cooper battery weigh? How do you have it tied down?
I had a stock E36 battery laying around so that is in there now. The Mini/CSL battery came in a previous E46 M3 I had. You're probably right about the Optima being for the audio stuff. The Mini battery isn't ideal for that or cold climate.

The mini battery is 34lbs versus ~45lbs. I believe the E36 already supports the shortened body with the provided mounts. There are several holes there for different sized batteries. I'm yet to try the Mini battery on the E36, just something I wanted to do... or go for broke on an OEM Lithium battery http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1004967

I didn't know BW made a battery tray. I will look into that. I'm not sure now but doesn't the optima also interfere with the fitment of the cover on that side too? I feel like it was taller as well.
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Old Sun, Dec-03-2017, 10:52:26 PM   #43
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Really enjoying this restoration/build
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Old Sun, Dec-03-2017, 11:58:22 PM   #44
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Yea I think the RedTop is 39 lbs. I can take it out and weigh it if you're interested, just lmk. It's a few pounds lighter than the stock style battery that was in there before. That F80 battery in the link you posted looks impressive at 30lbs, but is the price really $1100? That's crazy!

Here's the tray:

https://flic.kr/p/HcB5Ue

And with the battery:

https://flic.kr/p/ZMTo3e

The panel does indeed fit over it. This reminds me, I have some wiring cleanup to do myself...
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Great restoration, enjoying the progress!


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The work in here is properly OCD. It's fantastic. I have to thank you for sharing all of the products and techniques in achieving this stuff. This will help me tremendously.
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Since you’re as OCD as me, or I as you, pick a side, how about fitting the original battery vent now that an original battery is fitted?

Maybe it’s already in place, but it’s not pictured.
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braymond do you have any pics of your power steering pump and pulley mounted W/O belt? I want to see the clearance for the metal pulley over the shaft as mine appears to be extremely tight (although there isn't any rubbing against the surrounding bracket)
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braymond do you have any pics of your power steering pump and pulley mounted W/O belt? I want to see the clearance for the metal pulley over the shaft as mine appears to be extremely tight (although there isn't any rubbing against the surrounding bracket)
I don't, but it should be tight and spin freely.
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What’s wrong with current set of front seats now? When is your eta to get them redone? I may gave a buyer lined up for your seats
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